When you are following a workout program, never forget that you are TRAINING– not just “working out.” You need to focus on the execution and quality of your exercises. This is not the time to think about your to-do list or to be replaying a conversation you had earlier in the day.

Be mindful. 

Be in the moment. 

Prioritize your mind-muscle connection.

It takes time to optimize your coordination and refine your skills, but the more you perform quality reps, the more effortless having good form will become!

Better form = faster results and less opportunity for injury!

Training is an art.

For most people, there is a small sweet spot found between challenging yourself enough while also ensuring your form doesn’t suffer or that you are using the wrong muscles.

For this reason, you must always stay mindful of your technique. Practicing your movements in the gym incorrectly will only result in bad form becoming the norm for your body. While we will always list sets and reps for your workout,  it is critical that you stay objective and know just when and how far to push it.

Remember; good form is more important than the number of pounds you lift.

When you look at your main lifts (like squats in your program for example) you may see 4×8 for 65% or “RPE 7.”  We give this information to provide framework and guidance on how hard we want you to push it, but above all else, remember to listen to your body and rack the weight if your form or the quality of reps suffer.

What is RPE?

The RPE scale is used to measure the intensity of your exercise. RPE stands for “Rate of Perceived Exertion”

The RPE scale runs from 0 – 10. The numbers below relate to phrases used to rate how easy or difficult you may find an exercise. For example, 0 (nothing at all) would be how you feel when sitting in a chair; 10 (very, very heavy) is how you feel during a true Max Effort single repetition where your form may break down.

That said, don’t hold yourself back because of fear– find the magic in the middle!




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